Owning A House Is An Adventure Series

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Tom The Handy Man

We bought a little house near Tulsa Oklahoma, it has a 1/3 of an acre, which translates into a huge backyard. I got a great deal because there are so many things that need to be replaced or removed. I knew there would be surprises, things that might happen, plumbing, heating, cooling, all I knew about before I bought the house. I will have to replace the windows, new 3tab for the roof and build a privacy fence around the backyard.

Today I hired a local fencing company that also builds patios and everything to do with the outside of the house. The company is called "All About The Outdoors." Tom is the owner, and you can tell by his huge hands, missing a couple fingers he has worked hard all his life. My favorite people to hang around are folks that work the trades. Tom also owns a farm, grows a garden, cans, has cattle and horses. I'm from Oregon, but we could be cut from the same cloth, we both grew up rural and know hard work, the indifference of nature, and living close to Mother Earth.

All the trees in my front yard will be cut down, stump ground down and in a couple years, I will plant a garden in my front yard as well. I have to leave the ground alone after the trees are cut because a chemical is used to kill the roots and will prohibit plant growth.

Our backyard trees are going down as well. I will have a small in-ground cistern installed that will collect the groundwater that gathers in this wet area for watering the garden. We are also putting up gutters that will collect water for other cisterns located at the downspouts.

Looks like Tom got his chainsaw in a pinch and will have to use a wedge to pull it out, poor guy, I hate that when this happens. I grew up in Oregon, and I have seen just about anything that could go wrong falling trees. This is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world.

As I finished up this blog I went to check on how Tom is doing cutting down the backyard trees. Looks like he got his chainsaw back and is about to cut down the last tree.

Sudden Release Of Water Is Covered by Farmers Insurance!

Wow, what a relief

Rescue 247 Restoration

Although Jason the plumber didn't work out the people he suggested to dry out our bathroom and rugs were awesome. The crew consisted of retired local firemen and their daughters in their late teens came along to help set up the fans and dehydrators. Another awesome group of tradesmen that also had farms. The two brothers that ran the business, Mike and Mark, I call the M&M brothers were fun to work with, professional, on time, and super organized. When they were in my house, there was lots of laughter, both could be stand up comedians.

1. The sudden release of water from our master bathroom happened two days before Christmas, the worst time for an emergency. We noticed our carpet in our master bedroom was damp, and the dampness was spreading quickly. Thankfully I was able to get AAA Advanced Plumbing out to diagnose the problem. The owner's name is Jason, he is in his 30s running his own business and supporting a young and growing family.

Unfortunately Jason didn't work out although he helped diagnose the problem and helped us through the maze of House Insurance paperwork. Jason was looking for a slab leak and misdiagnosed the real problem which was a sudden release of water from our bathroom sink's drain pipe. He also had a hard time staying on task, leaving without telling us, taking 1/2 hour phone calls and was brutal when removing the bathroom cabinets. We did not ask him back when it was time to hook up our plumbing to the new cabinets that were installed after the bathroom was dried out and the holes in our drywall were fixed.

2. Yep there is a leak but we don't know where it is, time to tear out the cabinet.

3. Jason checking out the plumbing.

4.We couldn't see where the water was coming from. Diagnoses was a slab leak.

5. Jason dug through the cement and tested for leaks in the pipes that ran under our house. He couldn't find any leaks that night, packed up his gear and come back the next day. Water was turned off outside of the house. What's cool is our insurance would of covered our out of pocket expenses if we needed to spend the night at a hotel. I have stored water and we decided to stay home.

6. No leaks here although the cement is wet.

7. What a mess! The next morning Jason came back and turned the water on, we noticed the drain pipe had a lot of water surrounding it and there was a slow leak from the hot water spigot. We all breathed a sigh of relief, no slab leak, which would of meant replacing a pipe under the houses cement slab. Jason cleaned up the mess, replaced the drain pipe and patched up the hot water spigot.

8. Bathroom counter pulled off and laid up against my closet door. Thank goodness I had extra clothing that still needed to be unpacked. I couldn't get into my closet for about a week!

9. Jason called his favorite restoration crew, "Rescue 247 Restoration," should up that day, checked out the problem and set up their dryers and dehydrators that day.

10. The padding in my master bedroom was soaked but we caught it just in time, it only soaked about a quarter of our rug and padding.

12. The cabinets were made out of particle board, the cheapest kind of cabinet you can buy! Also particle board soaks up water and does not stay in shape when drying out. Also damp particle board is a favorite place for all kinds of mold and fungus to grow.

13. Yep its the drain spout that released the water, thank goodness it wasn't a pipe under the slab. If I hadn't had a sudden release of water and just a slow leak insurance wouldn't of covered any of the water damage or labor involved restoring our bathroom. There is always a silver lining surrounding a black cloud.

14. Rescue 247 Restoration company setting up their dryers.

15. Between the fans and dehydrator Mike completely dried out our bedroom rug and bathroom. Plus this only took 3 days!

16.I couldn't believe how fast the fans dried out the mess!

17. Thank goodness we have two bathrooms in the house! We had the water turned back on and could use the 2nd bathroom, which has a sink, toilet, shower and tub.

18.Mike and Mark worked their magic, the bathroom is clean and walls repaired. These two brothers grew up on a farm and not only can they save you from a fire, clean up messes, but they can drywall and instal cabinets. I forgot to mention the restoration crew sprayed the bathroom and bedroom with an anti-fungal chemical as well. Fungus and mold are not only bad for the structure of your house they can ruin their health.

19. Our new bathroom cabinets arrived, no particle or chip board here, solid maple faces with a plywood body. Smells like real wood to me!

20.Mike hired local plumbers from Wooten plumbing and they hooked up our bathroom faucets in less than an hour. Installing the cabinets took several hours. They were 1/2 inch too high and the base had to be cut down so they could fit under our mirror.

21.Plumbing fixed, walls repaired, everything is working great. I just got my bathroom remodeled. Cost me around $1000.00 from our insurances deductible.


23. The crew didn't damage my tile and everything lines up, Yeah!

24. Counter has an even keel, paint matches and the sink and mirror line up perfectly.

25. Look at how neat the plumbing and new cabinet cupboard look. I am so pleased.

26. Bathroom looks and smells like it is new!

27. Bedroom baseboard repainted and placed back exactly as it should be with new padding and our original rug re-stretched. All that needs to be done is shampoo the carpet.

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I am glad that you bought that house and yeah it has a huge garden and I think the nature around also great to live! Congratz and wish you might finish all gardening and house repairs and I wish to see the final new look of house sooner!



Thank you @theguruasia, I think I will paint a map of my garden areas. Reading your post gave me the idea and I can figure out exactly how to lay out my garden.

Hard work always pay off!


Hard work and good intentions. @faisan-ashraf, I noticed when I finish things I've been avoiding and organize my house life moves forward. It's the most amazing trick I've found. Finish all my projects and clean my house, make sure my intentions and actions are based on what is good and wise I end up getting a home to fix up. It may take a lot of work, patience, and time but the work in itself is worth it, the side effects like opening space for the new and what is good to come into my life is awesome!

Looks like you dig the Gold miss ;) Have a happy stay


Hi @hairy, I've been shoveling a lot of poop for the last 4 years. After cleaning all the poop up I found some nuggets of gold ;-) hahaha

Now I can be a master. ☺️ It's been a wonderful and descriptive study. I haven't read your articles in a long time. Good to see you again. @reddust


@turkishcrew, nice to see you (Hugs), we all can be masters of our own lives. . . The trick is taking responsibility for all one's choices, re-actions to what we like and don't like. Victims only get handouts...hehehe

Looks like you got your work cut out for you. You are making progress and the documentation is wonderful. We've had this house since 2012 and put some work into it as well so I can relate. Sad to hear about cutting down the trees but I do understand why. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more on your house @reddust


I will be planting fruit and nut trees. The trees I cut down just make messes and don't feed anyone including the squirrels...hahaha

I enjoy working hard and I get depressed if I don't stay physically active and challenge my mind. Fixing up the house and growing my own food is like the best antidepressant for what ails me in the mundane world or as Buddhist call this existence, samsara, which means never ending cycle of the rebirth of ignorance regarding who we truly are. .

Glad to know that :) Congratulations for this new house :) EVerything looks in a good shape, But little bit retouching will make the house look oustanding.


@abdulmanan, once the work is done inside the house I can start hanging all the paintings I painted here on Steemit....lolol

The back and front yard will be turned into gardens. I will be doing the gardening work myself. Gardening is my next favorite thing to do next to painting. This spring I will build my own chicken coop, it's a small enough project for me to do by myself. I am so thankful for all the hard working trades people who know how to make things work.


OH hell yeah, it will increase the charm of your walls too ;)

Creative work and restoration


I am proud of our hard working men and so happy I have my bathroom back lololol<3


Beautiful work like art

Happy to know that. Many many congratulations for your new house. Hopefully your life more become happy. Over all house is to beautiful. Little bit renewvation all houses needed. And good morning. Have a nice day. @reddust.

yes, own a private house - this is not a joke! For example, we had to order Water mitigation in illinois after the purchase, since it was impossible to live with such water!

Congrats to your new beautiful house. I see there is a beautiful space in front of your house. I think, it's really great to make gardening here. And if we are talking about your house painting then you are the genious of painting. You know colour makes your house more beautiful. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful moments with us.

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At first welcome back on steemit.I have been wanting for your post since a long days.I hope you are good.I wish you happiness forever.
And recently you have given a post It is story excellent.It was a great story of All About The Outdoors company that owner is Tom.Tom has owns a farm, grows a garden, cans, has cattle and horses.Tom is a hard worker.
I think Anyone wanting to improve, he needs to work hard.

They did a great job. I'm so happy for your new home 💙